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ProfileStudent Trainee (Chemistry) Duties: The candidate will serve in a trainee capacity, performing routine and recurring development assignments to acquire knowledge and understanding of functions, principles, practices, and methods used in the science of Chemistry. Manage the Ultra Clean Lab, Thermal Ionization Lab, and the Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) lab. Maintain quality isotopic analysis and analytical data. Preserve and upgrade environmental conditions required in the Ultra Clean Lab (Class 100), air purification systems, and sensitive instrumentation. Measure radiogenic isotopes (U, Th, Pb, Nd, Sm, Rb, Sr, and other elements) in a variety of media. Analyze data to evaluate chemical processes and conditions using radiogenic isotope based tracers in geological investigations.
Qualification and Experience
Qualifications: The candidate should be a student accepted for enrollment or enrolled in a degree or certificate program on a full- or half-time basis as defined by the school (certificate program means post-secondary education, in a qualifying educational institution, equivalent to at least one academic year of full-time study that is part of an accredited college-level, technical, trade, vocational, or business school curriculum); AND enrollment is with a qualifying educational institution such as a high school or state-approved home-school; or accredited technical or vocational school; a 2- or 4-year college or university; a graduate or professional school (e.g., law school, medical school); or a post-secondary home school curriculum; AND students currently enrolled must be in good academic standing maintaining a 2.0 grade point average on a cumulative basis; AND duties of this position should be related to your academic or career goals
Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a Bachelor's or higher degree in physical sciences, life sciences, or engineering that included 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by course work in mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours or the equivalent in physics.
A combination of education and experience-course work equivalent to a major as shown above (24 semester hours or the equivalent in physical sciences, life sciences, or engineering), including at least 30 semester hours or the equivalent in chemistry, supplemented by mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours or the equivalent of physics, plus appropriate experience and/or additional education for a total of 4 years. The education or combined education and experience must be comparable in type, scope and thoroughness to that acquired through successful completion of a 4-year course of study as described above.
For GS-09: In addition to the basic education requirement stated above, must meet at least one of the following to qualify for the GS-09 level:
Two years of progressively higher level graduate education (36 semester hours or 54 quarter hours) leading to a master's degree in chemistry or other directly related field of study or Master's or equivalent graduate degree in chemistry or other directly related field of study if it provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of this position.
One year of appropriate professional experience in chemistry that is equivalent to at least the GS-07 level in the Federal service. Examples of such experience may include performing relatively routine and limited chemical analyses and tests. This work experience would have involved following established methods and procedures, or detailed instructions; using some judgment in applying basic principles and procedures, and would have required a good general working knowledge of the principles and the theories of chemistry.
A combination of completed progressive graduate level education as described above that is beyond the first year of graduate study and professional experience, as described above.
For GS-11: In addition to the basic education requirement stated above, must meet one of the following to qualify for the GS-11 level:
Three years of progressively higher level graduate education (54 semester hours or 81 quarter hours or the equivalent) leading to a Ph.D. degree in chemistry or other directly related field of study or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in chemistry or other directly related field of study if it provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of this position.
One year of appropriate professional experience in chemistry that is equivalent to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal service. Examples of such experience include independent responsibility for performing established, standardized chemical tests and analyses on a broad range of samples in a laboratory setting. Implements new testing and analytical methods. Develops and suggests minor adaptations & fills in the gaps found in newly developed guidelines that govern the new testing methods. At this level, Chemists have a sound working knowledge of the principles of chemistry and the ability to independently perform moderately difficult and responsible scientific work.
A combination of successfully completed graduate level education as described above that is beyond the second year of progressive graduate study and professional experience, as described above.
Application Deadline: March 19, 2018.
Announcement Number: PATH-2018-0123. Apply online. No emails. Visit website for more information.
Department Of The Interior US Geological Survey
12201 Sunrise Valley Drive
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